This Summer is the Summer of Cloar in Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 11th 2013 2283 0

It's not just summer – it's the Summer of Cloar.

Painter (and Memphian) Carroll Cloar's work is taking over four Memphis-area art museums through September 15th.

The exhibits are something of a homecoming for the painter. He was a native Arkansan, and he attended college at Southwest College (now Rhodes) in Memphis before going on to become kind of a big deal in the art world.

Carroll Cloar, American, 1913-1993 Getting the Car Ready, 1972 Acrylic on Masonite Collection of Dianne and Bobby Tucker copyright Estate of Carroll

Cloar's work is definitively Southern. He painted scenes from daily life in the rurual Mid-South, drawing on his own experiences, books, stories and photographs. His paintings remind me of Flannery O'Connor's short stories: classically Southern, but a little bit surreal.

 	  	 Carroll Cloar, American, 1913-1993 Faculty and Honor Students, Lewis School House, 1966 Casein on Masonite Private Collection copyright estate of carroll b

Four Memphis-area museums are showing Carroll Cloar's work this summer. The Brooks Musuem is showing "Carroll Cloar: The Crossroads of Memory", which features both Cloar's major big-deal paintings as well as some rare works from private collections. The University of Memphis art museum has "In His Studio: Carroll Cloar", which features his early works along with a replica of his studio. Christian Brothers University has Cloar's drawings on display in "The Drawings of Carroll Cloar", and the Mid-South Community College in West Memphis has an exhibit that focuses on Cloar's Arkansas roots.

  	 	 CARROLL CLOAR, AMERICAN, 1913-1993 WEDDING PARTY, 1971 ACRYLIC ON MASONITE MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART; EUGENIA BUXTON WHITNEL FUNDS 73.24 copyright ESTATE OF CARROLL CLOAR

In addition to the exhibits, there will be a ton of Cloar-themed events: guided gallery tours, a family day at the Brooks, Southern ghost stories and music, and a guided bike ride through Arkansas to visit some of the real places featured in Cloar's paintings.

For a complete listing of Cloar events, go here. The Cloar exhibits will be on display from June 8th through September 15th.

 

All images used with permission from the Brooks Museum. Max Prokell from Boyle Investment Company contributed to this story.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. The University Libraries is participating in the #summerofcloar as well.
    http://libguides.memphis.edu/summerofcloar

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